A 60,000-square-foot museum called Spyscape dedicated to espionage opened it’s doors at 928 8th Avenue between 54th and 55th Streets Friday morning. Designed by David Adjaye, (he designed the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC).
Billed as three museums as one the contemporary museum, features amazing spy stories, devices and characters from WWII code-breakers, the one-legged American spy Virginia Hall and Cold War spy pilots, to the spycatcher who brought down the FBI’s most damaging traitor and the teenager who hacked the CIA’s website.
The interactive experience lets you try real spy challenges including lie-detection in interrogation booths, observation in surveillance missions, and agility in special ops laser tunnels.
The third version is to allow you to discover your inner spy through our authentic profiling system (developed with a former Head of Training at British Intelligence) and learn how your spy skills can help you every day.
You are given an “identity band” upon entry, which uses RFID technology to allow you to interact with various stations and complete a series of escalating tasks. You run through a hallway while dodging lasers, perfect for that over active child.
Betty Buckley Has Created, Wrote and Narrated The Mayfly, An Animated Short Film
The Mayfly, Betty Buckley’s animated short film.
Tony Award-winning, stage and screen icon Betty Buckley has created, wrote and narrated The Mayfly, an animated short film that will have its world debut at the prestigious American Documentary and Animation Film Festival in Palm Springs, Calif. on March 24, 2024. Tickets are available to the public HERE.
Animated traditionally in 2D, The Mayfly is the story of Megalyn Mayfly, who goes against all expectations and dedicates her short life to music and dance. Her quest takes her from Central Park West to the Upper East Side’s Carlyle Hotel where she dances her final opus at the elegant Cafe Carlyle.
Inspired by a real event witnessed by Ms. Buckley at a Judy Collins concert at the Café Carlyle in New York City, The Mayflyis a love letter to music and New York City.
Ms. Buckley said, “What I observed was so lovely —a mayfly, dancing as if part of the show itself. I felt the mayfly’s dance was intentional. And from this experience, the story of Megalyn emerged. It’s a film that I hope encourages us to embrace our passions and break free from societal norms.”
The Mayfly is directed by four-time Emmy-nominee Sue Perrotto (Beavis and Butt-head Do America; Pooh’s Heffalump Movie, Daria). The music is composed by Grammy-nominated Christian Jacob (Clint Eastwood’s Sully and The 15:17 to Paris). BluBlu Studios is the animation house.
The creative team includes character designer Eugene Salandra, production designer Meryl Rosner and storyboard artist Viki Anderson. Produced by Melissa Coolidge and Bradford Coolidge. Buckley and Perrotto also serve as Executive Producers.
Betty Buckley is a legendary, multi-award winning actress/singer whose career spans theater, film, television and concert halls around the world. She is a 2012 Theatre Hall of Fame inductee and the 2017 recipient of the Julie Harris Awards from The Actor’s Fund for Artistic Achievement and received The Lifetime Achievement Award from The American Songbook Association in 2023.
Ms. Buckley co-stars in the film Imaginary for Blumhouse Productions to be released by Lionsgate March 8, 2024. She co-starred with James McAvoy in the M. Night Shyamalan hit film Split, one of the top international box office hits of 2017. She received a Saturn Award Nomination for Best Featured Actress for her work in the film.
She won a Tony Award for her performance as Grizabella, the Glamour Cat, in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s CATS and received her second Tony Award nomination for Best Actress in a musical for her performance as Hesione in Triumph of Love. She received an Olivier Award nomination for her critically acclaimed interpretation of Norma Desmond in the London production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard, which she repeated to more rave reviews on Broadway.
Her other films include her debut in Brian de Palma’s screen version of Stephen King’s Carrie, Bruce Beresford’s Tender Mercies, Roman Polanski’s Frantic, Woody Allen’s Another Woman, Lawrence Kasden’s Wyatt Earp and M. Night Shyamalan’s The Happening.
Her other Broadway credits include 1776, Pippin, Song and Dance, The Mystery of Edwin Drood and Carrie. She headlined the first National Tour of the new Broadway production of Hello, Dolly! in 2018/2019.
Off-Broadway credits include the world premiere of Horton Foote’s The Old Friends for which she received a Drama Desk Nomination in 2014, White Lies, Lincoln Center’s Elegies, the original NYSF production of The Mystery of Edwin Drood, The Eros Trilogy, Juno’s Swans and I’m Getting My Act Together and Taking It On the Road. Regional credits include The Perfectionist, Gypsy, The Threepenny Opera, Camino Real, Buffalo Gal, Arsenic and Old Lace, The Old Friends at Houston’s Alley Theatre and Grey Gardens at the Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor, NY and The Ahmanson Theater in Los Angeles in 2016 for which she received an Ovation Award Nomination.
In London, she starred in Promises, Promises for which she was nominated for An Evening Standard Award and in the 2013 British premiere of Dear World.
On television, Buckley has a recurring role on “Law & Order SVU” for NBC and guest starred on the Fox/Warner Bros. TV show “The Cleaning Lady.” She co-starred in the third season of AMC’s hit series “Preacher” and has guest starred on The CW hit “Supergirl”, the NBC Series “Chicago Med” and ABC Family’s “Pretty Little Liars.” For HBO, she has appeared on “Getting On”, “The Leftovers”, “The Pacific” and for three seasons on OZ. She starred as Abby Bradford in the hit series “Eight is Enough.” She appeared twice on The Kennedy Center Honors and was a guest star in numerous television series, miniseries and films for television including Evergreen, Roses for the Rich and Without a Trace. She has been nominated for two Daytime Emmy Awards® for her work on Taking a Stand, an After School special.
In 2022, she released the compilation recording Betty Buckley Sings Stephen Sondheim as a tribute to the late composer. The recording comprises 24 songs Buckley has recorded of Sondheim’s music over the span of her career. She has recorded 18 CD’s: including Ghostlight, produced by T Bone Burnett released in 2014, Story Songs in 2017 and Hope in 2018. Buckley tours in concert worldwide with her ensemble of musicians and in 2015 was featured in the Royal Albert Hall concert of Follies, in celebration of Stephen Sondheim’s 85th birthday.
She received a Grammy Nomination for Stars and the Moon, Betty Buckley Live at the Donmar. She received her second Grammy Nomination for the audio book The Diaries of Adam and Eve.
For over forty years, Ms. Buckley has been a teacher of scene study and song interpretation, giving workshops in Manhattan and various universities and performing Arts Conservatories around the country. She has been a faculty member in the theatre department of the University of Texas at Arlington and teaches regularly at the T. Schreiber Studio in New York City, The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, TX and in Los Angeles, Denver and Oklahoma.
In 2009, Ms. Buckley received the Texas Medal of Arts Award for Theater and was inducted into the Texas Film Hall of Fame in 2007. In 2015, she was awarded The Stephen Bruton Award by The Lone Star Film Festival for her work in film and music. In 2018, she received the Sarah Siddons Award for outstanding theatrical performance in a Chicago theatrical production. She has two honorary doctorates from The Boston Conservatory and Marymount College and has been honored with three Lifetime Achievement Awards for her contributions to theater from the New England Theater Conference, The Shubert Theater in New Haven and the Terry Schreiber School in NYC.
John Constantine’s ARCPoint Labs is Changing the Face of Accessible Medical Care
Over the course of the past two decades, ARCPoint Labs has carved out a significant space for itself in the healthcare industry, founded with a mission of tackling the systemic hurdles which make healthcare both costly and unreliable for consumers.
For ARCPoint’s President and CEO, John Constantine, the vision has always been to make testing and diagnostics technology as efficient, accessible, and high-quality as possible for users, leveling the playing field by providing comprehensive lab resources without exorbitant price tags, regardless of location, identity, or insurance status.
This objective has seen extraordinary growth throughout Constantine’s tenure as CEO throughout the past six years, with its reach expanding to almost 140 branches across the nation. Through this expansion, ARCpoint Labs has ensured that top-notch, reliable healthcare is not a luxury, but a right for all.
“As I got deeper into working in the American medicine and healthcare system in the 2000s, I realized how incredibly broken the whole framework was,” Constantine says. “I mean, if you go into Google and type ‘The healthcare industry is…’, the first result that pops up is ‘The healthcare industry is broken.’ That should really tell you something.”
The path ARCpoint Labs has traversed has been challenging, yet immensely rewarding. Aiming to create an environment wherein people have access to the best versions of themselves through improved healthcare, Constantine has consistently pushed forward to generate nationwide awareness for ARCPoint as an affordable, accessible diagnostic alternative.
“To say that this has been a slightly overwhelming journey would be an understatement,” Constantine admits, “But the process in and of itself should have been simplified decades ago. There’s no reason access to first-rate medical care in the United States shouldn’t be almost as easy as making a reservation at a restaurant. Equitable efficiency has always been the vision.”
Since its founding in 1998, the company has steadily launched itself into the national healthcare landscape as a practical, economical, and obtainable alternative to traditional diagnostic pathways. However, the real measure of ARCpoint Labs’ success extends beyond its nationwide growth or increased awareness; for Constantine, ARCPoint’s true impact lies with the work they have accomplished on a community level.
“I always love hearing the testimonials of patients who otherwise never would have had these tests run,” Constantine says, “It brings me great joy to know that ARCPoint has, in a tangible way, provided people with the basics to make life worth living. What a gift.”
Looking ahead to the next five years, Constantine confirms that ARCPoint Labs is still seeking to open further testing locations across the US, already serving more than 100 million patients and families nationwide.
As it continues its evolution, ARCpoint Labs remains unwavering in its mission to simplify access to healthcare and ensure that affordable, high-quality care remains an available resource for all. The company is committed to its forward-thinking trajectory, constantly exploring innovative strategies to enhance its services and meet the dynamic, ever-changing needs of its customer base. ARCpoint Labs represents more than just a healthcare company – it embodies a movement towards superior, universally accessible healthcare for all.
To stay up-to-date on future ARCPoint Labs news and developments, visit their official website.
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Blu On The Hudson The Destination For a Perfect Dinning Experience
I first wrote about Blu On The Hudson 8 months ago. This perfect mini vacation, is one stop on the 158 bus or a ferry ride away. Located on the Hudson River, at 1200 Harbor Boulevard, in Weehawken, you will find breath taking views, a calming atmosphere and food that rivals the best 4 – 5 star restaurants in Manhattan.This is the spot where Arron Burr shot Hamilton.
Blu on the Hudson is spacious with over 30,000 square foot, so far, but they are creating a space that I was lucky enough to see. This glass enclosed and outdoor upstairs will rival every wedding, event space within a 2 hour drive. I am letting you know, now is the time to book your event before it is booked out.
Blu Hospitality Group, truly wants to impress you and goes out of their way to do so. You are greated by a specious luxurious space and a large fireplace.
Beautiful walls, several dining room with views, alcoves for a intimate dinning moments and bar that you will want everyone to know your name, awaits. High ceilings and modern decor makes everyone who enters forget their stress and just relax. You can feel your body ease.
My server Sarah was a prime example of this.
Starting off the experience, my guest, writer and friend Craig and I decided to indulge with cocktails. I had the Oil On The Skin ($16) made with Aperol, Strawberry, Grapefruit and Prosecco. This was refreshing and the perfect summer drink. Craig, who was excited by the amount of Tuffle inspired food and drink choices ordered the Blu Seasonal Black Truffle Bloody Mary ($18) and was thrilled. Spicy, with garnishes that made this drink an appetizer in itself had sure this brunch was already a hit.
When looking at the menu I knew we had to try the Ricotta Stuffed Pancakes ($21). Topped with a Blueberry Compote and served with organic Maple Syrup, these surpassed my expectations. The ricotta had a lemon zest, the pancakes fluffy with crispy edges. I was already imitating Sally in the film “When Harry Met Sally” after my first bite. I will definitely be coming back, for this alone.
Already on a bacon kick thanks to David Burke, I also wanted to try the Thick Cut Wagyu “Bacon” ($26), that is slow cooked in a soy caramel glaze. This is only served at dinner, but luckily I got to try this. With a savory salty crunch, this was the perfect compliment to the pancakes. Sweet, then savory, crunchy, then tender, what Blu offers the dinning experience is a sensual layered, all senses dive, into carnal pleasures.
For entree’s more truffles for Craig with the Truffled Mushroom Omelette ($22) filled with White Cheddar, egg whites and one yolk served with a side salad. Craig was in heaven with his light as a feather, but flavorful dish.
Craig also ordered the Parmesan Truffle Fries ($12), and I am so glad he did. These were bite fulls of erotic delights.Loving artichokes, I ordered Eggs on Artichoke ($24), which consisted of poached eggs, pecorino, roasted tomatoes in a light béarnaise sauce. The piece de resistance of this dish, were the lightly fried artichokes that added texture, then melted into your mouth with a pop of flavor. Even the roasted tomatoes added an arousing impact to the tongue. When food is done well, sex definitely comes second.
The fabulous warm and inviting manager Andrew, wanted us to try his favorite dish, the Jumbo Lump Crabmeat and Shrimp Cobb Salad ($29). Topped with Deviled Eggs, Bacon, Tomatoes, Corn and Avocado, this was served over Market Greens and a feast to behold. The crabmeat was tender and the shrimp succulent, but the surprise here was the corn, which added so much to the dish. This is great luncheon entree when you want to indulge and also stay healthy.
First up the Tiramisu ($14), which is one of the best I have ever had. Extra creamy and not overly sweet. An added layer of thin chocolate added to the decadence. This dessert also puts on a show.
The most luxurious, extravagant haven of food for the senses has to be the Chocolate S’Mores ($14). Served with a gluten free graham cracker crust, Chocolate Mouse and Marshmallow. Tiny chunks of sea salt make this decadent and sweet, with pops of indulgence.
A coffee ($6) ended our foray of culinary ecstasy. To quote myself from my last experience at Blu “Food and sex have always gone hand in hand and eating at Blu On The Hudson, will make all your senses take flight. This restaurant potions of food, drinks and presentation justify and make the whole experience worth the trip and the cost.”
To Executive Chef Juan Carols Ortega, you make my body sing with your creations. This is definitely one of my favorite places to eat. Blu is exquisite perfection.
You can follow Blu on The Hudson at @bluonthehudson.
Splendid Cocktails on St. Patrick’s Day with Bushmills Irish Whiskey
St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner. The day is full of joy, but you don’t have to wait until March 17 to get lucky. You will love these amazing cocktails to toast on the day of green and glory from Bushmills Irish Whiskey.
The Original variation is quite fascinating. It is bold with a peppery undertone, yet smooth in construction like velvet. It perfectly combines their pure single malt whiskey and a lighter grain whiskey. It warms your heart to sip, so makes for a perfect holiday mix. Try the love at home this St. Patrick’s Day.
The Gold Rush
1.5 parts Bushmills Original
1 part fresh lemon juice
1 part honey syrup
4 sprigs fresh mint
Method – Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake for 10 seconds and strain over fresh ice
The Irish Coffee
50ml Bushmills Black Bush
1 tsp demerara sugar
150ml black coffee
Lightly whipped fresh cream
Coffee beans to garnish
Method – Add all of the ingredients to an Irish coffee glass and stir, leaving space at the top for the fresh cream. Slowly pour the cream on top and garnish with coffee beans. Pour the cream over the spoon
Eli Marcus Brings His Networking Event to Fushimi Times Square
Eli Marcus, Chief Marketing Officer of NYC’s largest circulation Visitor Magazine, City Guide, has done it again. On February 28th he organized a wonderful networking event for those in the hospitality and theater communities. And true to form he did so in a beautiful new restaurant on West 43rd Street off 8th Avenue – in the heart of Times Square. Fushimi Times Square is the latest outlet for the Japanese group who has had success in Staten Island, Bay Ridge and Williamsburg. Their restaurant at 311 West 43rd Street is a welcome entry to the area and now that the scaffolding is gone from that block it is a pleasant walk to the welcoming door of this beautiful space.
The decor has a beautiful sculpture of a fish hanging from the ceiling which depicts the delicious selections of sushi and sashimi prepared by the talented chefs.
Guests at the evenings event were served appetizers of amazing tuna tartare and a variety of warm dishes of dumplings, and eggrolls – pork, shrimp and vegetarian.
Barry Huang, manager of Fushimi Times Square is a silhouette in the long entry way to this beautifully designed restaurant.
Eli invited some interesting people to the event. Publicist to megastars, Ramon Hervey II, has an interesting podcast and is the author of The Fame Game.
Hugh Hysell is a major force in the New York social circles and it was great to see him at the event.
Errol Rappaport, promoter, and singer, actress, Quinn Lemley, who just returned from London where she performed her one woman show about Rita Hayworth joined Eli at the event.
Rocksax, purveyor of officially licensed music merchandise was in attendance and gave out some of their product to some lucky attendees.
In addition to the wonderful food, Fushimi’s beautiful bar is a welcome spot to relax.
As usual the attendees had an excellent time meeting, chatting and enjoying the food
Eli looks on as the Fushimi manager, Barry Huang thanks the guests for coming
Barry and the DJ kept the food, drinks and music going through the event
I look forward to returning to Fushimi at 311 West 43rd Street for a full dinner of their excellent visionary Japanese-fusion dishes.
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